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'Face the Music' explores issues of homelessness, poverty

STANFORD -- The Stanford Homelessness Action Coalition (SHAC) will present a week of activities to educate the community about the issues of homelessness and poverty April 26-May 4.

"Face the Music: Poverty and Homelessness in the 1990s" is sponsored by SHAC, a student group housed in the Haas Center for Public Service. The keynote addresses for the week will be delivered by Michael Stoops of the National Coalition of the Homeless, Paul Boden of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, and Alexis Baptist of Up and Out of Poverty Now.

The speakers will focus on how organizers, advocates and government should address the growing blight of poverty and homelessness in our nation. The talks will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Cubberley Auditorium of the School of Education. The rest of the week's events include:

  • Monday, April 26, 5 p.m., location to be announced: Workshop on "Children and Homelessness," featuring Melissa Beecham of the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Adolescents.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 8 p.m., History Corner, Room 2: Film, Where the Day Takes You, about the lives of homeless teens in Los Angeles.
  • Wednesday, April 28, noon, Bechtel Center Dining Room: Workshop, "Hunger in Developing Nations," a look at the effects of economic development upon the "Third World" with John Gershman, the Food Exchange.

8 p.m., El Centro, Old Union: Poetry reading by Tony Burciaga to benefit Haven Family House of Menlo Park. Suggested donation $3.

  • Friday, April 30, 8 p.m., Ricker Performance Center: Theater of the Homeless.
  • Monday, May 3, 5 p.m., Roble Lounge: Workshop on "Women and Poverty," with Diana Spatz, Campaign for a Fair Share, Rene Pecot, Women's Economic Agenda Project and Judy Haney, Women's Action Coalition.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Manzanita II, Lantana Lounge: Film Takeover. A documentary of HUD building takeovers by Up and Out of Poverty Now and the National Union of the Homeless.

8 p.m., Manzanita II, Lantana Lounge. Workshop, "Building a Poor People's Movement," a panel discussion of how to organize with the homeless to find sustainable affordable housing.

For more information on any of these events, call the Stanford Homelessness Action Coalition at (415) 497-2445.


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